I just finished replacing the motor mount engine brackets that were broken from collision damage (my "project" 1988 300E). I now only need to replace the oil pan that was split from coming down on the cross member. As car is in the air and jack is under motor, the idea from another searched post really appealed to me. The post indicated that I could undo the motor mounts from the bottom, lift motor and place wood blocks under mounts and lower motor to its higher temporary position and after removing jack, remove pan and replace. Both Haynes and Technibooks manuals only indicate hoist method which I do not own and would like to avoid renting.
Questions: How high does motor need to be resting above its normal position to facilitate removal of pan? Also, am I missing anything else other than disconnecting the various things that are attached to the pan and getting a new gasket (from Fastlane)?
All help is much appreciated.